Tuesday, August 8, 2017

CANADA ~ Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park / Áísínai'pi National Historic Site ~

... Great place of magic and mystery... this park combines special, intriguing First Nations history and culture with awesome landscape... a traditional sacred place of the Blackfoot people for centuries... it  has the most rock art on the North America Plains... one of the best hidden gems in Alberta... Big Thanks dear Glenn !!¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Near the Alberta/Montana border and just 44 km east of the small town of Milk River is Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park. The park has over 50 petroglyphs created by the Blackfoot Native Americans, which date as far back as 7000 B.C. etched and painted onto the sandstone cliffs.

Most striking are sandstone formations called hoodoos They've been eroded and washed by the rain, looking like abstract sculptures. From the 18th century on it was sacred territory for the Blackfoot. Buffalo hunters, medicine men, warriors and young boys on their vision quests returned to the sites for hundreds of years seeking spiritual advice.

In 1977 an archaeological preserve was established to prevent damage by graffiti and vandalism. Public access to the rock art panels is restricted to guided interpretive tours. In 2004 the national significance of Aísínai'pi (Blackfoot for "it is written") was recognized when it was designated as a national historic site.

Stamp:

World War I  The 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge - Joint Issue with France
(Issued 08-04-2017)



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